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Serena beats Ivanovic to open WTA Finals

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SINGAPORE (AP) A new venue, an injury-hit preparation and insults from a top sports official - none of it could stop Serena Williams' winning streak at the WTA Finals.

The three-time defending champion made it 16-straight wins at the season-ending championships by beating Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-4 in Monday's tournament opener, shaking off the injuries that forced her out of her previous two tournaments and the off-court distraction of disparaging comments about her from Russian tennis official Shamil Tarpischev.

Williams is now five wins behind Martina Navratilova's all-time record of 21 in a row at the tournament, although she won't have enough matches to catch up this year.

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2014 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 11,510
2 R. Federer 9,080
3 R. Nadal 8,105
4 S. Wawrinka 5,385
5 D. Ferrer 4,585
6 T. Berdych 4,485
7 K. Nishikori 4,355
8 M. Cilic 4,105
9 M. Raonic 3,840
10 A. Murray 3,795
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2014 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 S. Williams 7,146
2 M. Sharapova 6,680
3 P. Kvitova 5,597
4 S. Halep 5,403
5 E. Bouchard 4,523
6 A. Radwanska 4,441
7 A. Ivanovic 4,390
8 C. Wozniacki 4,045
9 N. Li 3,970
10 A. Kerber 3,480
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